2013-05-09 / Top News

Northern Plains helps serve 3.2 mil. meals through drive

Northern Plains of Strasburg joined CHS locations representing more than 300 communities across the country in raising more than 3.2 million meals, a 30 percent increase in contributions over 2012, for hungry families in the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the Country Operations division of CHS.

Since the program’s launch in 2011, the equivalent of more than 7.5 million meals has been raised. In 2012 the effort provided the equivalent of more than 2.45 million meals.

“Our thanks to everyone who helped feed hungry families through the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort that raised in total the equivalent of more than 3.2 million meals and really shows how much our communities care about helping others in need,” General Manager Todd Oster said. “With the help of our patrons, community leaders and organizations we were able to gather close to $66,000 in cash or almost 330,000 meals. We are very appreciative of the support we found during this campaign.”

On average, every $1 contributed to CHS Harvest for Hunger provides five meals. The number of meals provided for every one dollar varies by region, ranging from 3.7 to seven meals.

In addition, CHS Country Operations bolstered donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger with contributions to local communities to help friends and neighbors.

During the 20-day food and funds drive, CHS employees, customers and partners collectively raised the equivalent of 3.2 million meals for hungry families, including more than 742,000 pounds of canned and fresh foods, and more than $490,000 in cash and grain for regional food banks.

Northern Plains is a diversified farmer owned cooperative offering grain, agronomy, feed and energy products and services. Headquartered in Gettysburg, S.D., they serve more than 5,200 active customers through their eight locations in north central South Dakota and south central North Dakota.

Northern Plains is a business unit of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative, owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the United States. A diversified global energy, grains and foods business and a Fortune 100 company, CHS is committed to helping producers and member cooperatives grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. For 80 years, the CHS system has valued volunteerism and been responsible stewards in its communities.

Held March 1-20, the CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive harnessed the power of CHS retail locations to help address America’s growing hunger problem.

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